AIFD Newsletter
May 4, 2018
AIFD Board Elections NEXT WEEK, May 11!!!
Ballot box A special meeting will be held on May 11 during dancing to elect AIFD Board members for the coming year. AIFD is always looking for people who are interested in serving the group as an officer or as a volunteer for specific AIFD activities. Current nominees:
President: Denise Fynmore
Vice President: Bill Brock
Treasurer: Michel Breger
Secretary: Janie Hopkins
Teaching Director: Sharon Casteel
Program Director: Jeff Kessel

This Friday at dancing:
Franklin DJs, Jeff assists.
Franklin HoustonJeff Kessel Do you long for the good old days when you knew every dance that was played? Well, our DJ, Franklin Houston, will try to make that happen. He's planned an entire evening of long-existing but still popular dances that everyone will enjoy. Franklin will be assisted by Jeff Kessel.
Teaching: This week Robert Sampson will wrap up his teaching of the lively Israeli couplesRobert Sampson dance Atzay Hatsaftsafot. This fun dance includes several couples turns, so make sure to wear shoes that slide smoothly on the dance floor.

Friday, May 4, 7-9:45 pm.
Admission fee is $5 for those 18 and older.

There is no fee for those under 18,
but they must be supervised by a designated person 18 or older.
Hancock Rec Center (HRC)
AIFD is organized exclusively for educational purposes, including the promotion and teaching of traditional folk dance, music and crafts native to a variety of countries.

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!
eyes AIFD upcoming events
(See complete list)

May 11: May Birthday & Anniversaries, plus AIFD Elections!!!
CakeBallot box Do you have a birthday or anniversary in May, or know a fellow folk dancer who does? Come to folk dancing to celebrate with song, dance, and cake! We'll will also hold elections for the AIFD Board of Directors.

Homegrown May 18: Live Music with Homegrown!
Enjoy an evening of live music from Homegrown! More details to come.

Free 6-Week Beginner Class
continues on Tuesdays through May 8, 7-7:50.

Sharon CasteelDenise FynmoreJoin our teaching director, Sharon Casteel, and president, Denise Fynmore, and others when they kick off another six week folk dance class at the Dottie Jordan Recreation Center, 2803 Loyala Lane in Austin (map). No experience or partners necessary. Email if questions. Flier.

Dances taught last week & videos of the dances:
Atzay Hatsaftsafot
Link of the week:
Cinco De Mayo Mexican traditional dancing.

Other dance links
AIFD:(Contact & Board page)
AIFD Code of Conduct.
AIFD upcoming events.
World's words - updated by Misi.
Become a member of AIFD.
Archive of dance notes - compiled by Franklin Houston.
Newsletter archive - since May 19, 2012.
AIFD's live music compensation policy.
AIFD Youtube channel.
AIFD Featured in City of Austin Video about HRC.
Other groups: (complete list)
Texas International Folk Dancers
Austin Friends of Traditional Music
AIFD German Dancers
Austin Scandinavian Dance and Music Jam
Most Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:45 pm, Free:
Check the Scandi website for schedule details.
3rd Wednesday Balkan Dance
Join 3rd Wednesday Balkan dancing, 7:15-8:45, NW Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive. No Charge. This year, more teaching of old favorites. Show me the Balkan countries.
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Mondays, 7-9:45, HRC, backroom, free.
No partner necessary, we rotate often.
Austin Barn Dancers
Wednesdays, 7:30-10pm, Hancock Rec Center.
Enjoy this American dance form. All dances taught and called. Music provided by LOCO (Local On-Call Orchestra) - an open band, where anyone is welcome to come and play. Contact Dale Rempert at or visit for more information.
English Country Dance
2nd & 4th Saturdays, 7:30-9:30
McPhail Dance Studio, 8018 Mesa Drive.
If you are new to ECD or want to review the basics, please arrive before 7:15 to participate in our newcomers’ session. We are also on Facebook
Texas Folklife
Clickety Cloggers - Austin
May May Be
By Franklin Price.

May may be the nicest month
Of all the dozen best
You may ask why would I say this
Let us put it to the test

The days of winter gone
Freakish April in the past
Flowers are still blooming
We have not seen the last

The days have balmy temperatures
The nights are sleeping cool
Hot Summer days are not yet here
The kids are still in school

I remember dancing 'round the pole
When I was in grade three
Over under round about
Was a lot of fun for me

May has many holidays
In abundance they abound
Can celebrate or commemorate
With silence or with sound

May Day's the first with dancing pole
Cinco de Mayo, Teacher's Day
Victory in Europe
Take your mother out and pay

Don't forget our soldiers
For our freedom lives they give
Memorial Day is at the end
Celebrate the lives you live

For May and all the other months
Last words I say to you
Respect yourself and others
In everything you say and do
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